Phil began his career as a teacher in an Alutiiq Village on the Southeast end of Kodiak, Alaska. Phil’s innovative nature soon led him to administration where his interest in technology and its potential to impact the teaching and learning process, drove him to explore, then develop virtual systems that afforded rural students the opportunity to engage in authentic and rigorous Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and Career and Technical Education (CTE) directed programming.
Phil’s background has prepared him to serve students and families from a variety of perspectives. He has served as a teacher, principal-teacher, career advisor, director of eight rural schools, director of three U.S. Department of Education Alaska Native Education Program (ANEP) virtual content delivery grants, Director of AKTEACH (statewide STEM and online content academy), and now Director of TEACH-NW, an online and site-based STEM and CTE academy.
Phil holds a BA in Secondary Education and a Masters in Leadership and Supervision. He a member of ASTE, ISTE, DevLearn, ASCD, and NASSP.
For additional background, please refer to: linkedin.com/in/pjohnson-
Bill Watkins is the former Superintendent of Marcola School District and Principal of Marcola Middle/Senior High School. Bill is a graduate of Southern Oregon University (Bachelors) and California State Hayward (Masters). He has 37 years of experience as a teacher, coach and administrator. Prior to moving to the Marcola School District, Bill was a high school Principal and Director of Instruction in Alaska for 14 years. Bill joined Marcola School District in 2014 and is a valued member of our staff and community.
Hi TEACH-NW families! I’m Travis. I have always known I wanted to work in education at a young age. In High School, I decided my career would be in teaching after I worked as a Peer Tutor. While in college I continued working in education as a Behavioral Specialist and Instructional Assistant. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a Minor in Special Education from the University of Oregon in 2007. I then earned my Masters Degree in Special Education from Pacific University in 2008. In 2016, I earned my Administrative license from the University of Oregon.
In 2007 I started my teaching career as a Special Education teacher. That eventually led me to take on the position as Department Head, Instructional Coach and now Administration.
When I am not engaged in educational commitments, I enjoy spending time with my family, camping with my family, fishing, rafting, golfing, bowling, and floating the river. I also really enjoy coaching my four kids in their various sports. Family is everything to me.
I look forward to meeting you at a future TEACH-NW event or seeing you on the river!
Erin has been teaching since 2007 in a variety of settings, working with students across all grades from kindergarten through high school. She earned her Master’s in Teaching degree in 2007 from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and her B.A. in Arts & Letters and Spanish from Portland State University in 2003. Her teaching career has taken her to Alaska, Oregon, North Carolina and the United Arab Emirates. Some of her passions in education include: interdisciplinary curriculum development; e-learning; multicultural education; teaching for social justice; making thinking visible/cultures of thinking; and inquiry-based learning. She is currently teaching Tribal History/Shared History courses for elementary, middle, and high school.
Erin joined TNW as an Educational Facilitator in the spring of 2018, after her first child turned one year. Her second child was born in the summer of 2019, and she is overjoyed at the opportunity to work in the field of home-based education while raising her two children. Erin also enjoys hiking, birds & wildlife, yoga, kayaking, reading, and traveling.
Hello! My name is Amanda Spurlock. I’m looking forward to working at TNW as an educational facilitator. My passion is to work with families on creating an engaging and individualized learning plan that inspires the love of learning. I am thrilled to be partnering with a school that has the same mission, vision, and values.
In 2011 I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Eastern Oregon University with a double bachelors in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects. I have taught a variety of classes thru various local co-ops and have home schooled my own children using multiple learning styles and curriculum.
When I’m not teaching I take pleasure in spending time with my husband and our four children. We enjoy traveling, trying new restaurants, and hanging out with our family and friends. I also enjoy museums, photography, and kayaking.
“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.”
Becky has been teaching since 2010 in a variety of K-5 classrooms. She earned her Master’s degree at UCSD while her husband was deployed in Iraq. When he finished his service in the Marine Corps they moved home to Oregon where they are both from. She got a job teaching 1st grade at Marcola Elementary School in 2013 and has since taught Title 1 classes for the last 4 years. She is looking forward to supporting homeschool families through TEACH-NW as they spark a love for learning in their own unique and creative ways.
Becky enjoys spending time with her two young boys and her husband. Some favorite activities are bike riding, camping, hiking and time at the park. If she can find time reading a good book is a favorite activity as well.
My name is Kori Dunn and I am thrilled to be an Education Facilitator at TeachNW. I believe that each child’s education should be molded to fit their unique learning styles and interests.
I graduated from Western Governors University with a bachelor’s degree in Educational Studies. Over the course of my degree I spent time researching and learning about numerous curricula, learning styles, and education philosophies. During the past five years I have worked with multiple homeschool co-ops in varying subjects with students from kindergarten to eighth grade. I have spent many years tutoring students of all ages in reading and math both online and in person. When I am not teaching, I enjoy gardening, hiking, and fostering puppies from our local animal shelter.
Jodie Crowe has been teaching since 2001 and has spent most of her time working with elementary students in the Salem-Keizer School District. Jodie grew up in Montana and attended the University of Montana where she earned her BA in Education, as well as a reading endorsement. A year after graduation, she moved to Oregon in 2000 with her husband, Joe, after using a United States puzzle to figure out where they wanted to live. They started with a full puzzle and kept removing the states that they didn’t want to live in until they were left with Oregon. They gave their two weeks notice at their jobs, rented a U-haul and have been here ever since. It worked because they love it here!
Jodie taught full time while she earned her MA in Education with an ESOL endorsement from Western Oregon University in 2005. In 2009, Jodie’s daughter, Taelin, was born. She began working half time mentoring beginning teachers and coaching veteran teachers, until she starting homeschooling when Taelin was in the 3rd grade.
Jodie has a rescue dog from Texas named Pepper who mostly likes to sleep and a cat named Napoleon that mostly like to prevent Pepper from sleeping. If you ask her to see a picture of either of them it will be hard for her to choose because they are pretty awesome pets.
When she is not homeschooling, working at Taelin’s dance studio, or taking care of their home you can find Jodie playing board games with her family (My Little Scythe is the current family favorite), binge watching cooking shows on Hulu, reading a book, or taking a nap while holding the book she is trying to read.
My name is Brianne Johnson and I am from Alaska and have been teaching there for 4.5 years. I have taught Social Studies and English Language Arts courses as well as Nutrition & Cooking, PE, and Health to grades 7-12 in brick & mortar. I also coached middle school volleyball and middle school Battle of the Books. I have a Masters in Secondary Education, a Bachelors Degree in History, and a Minor in English.
During my time teaching, I have taught in various rural Alaskan locations ranging from the bitter cold, windy Alaskan tundra in Western Alaska to the glacial, mountainous coasts of Southeast Alaska.
I moved to Oregon with my fiance and our daughter in July 2020. In my free time I love to get outside, study nutrition, exercise, try out new restaurants, and enjoy concerts and fine arts performances.
Hello there, I am very excited to be a part of the TNW team! Perhaps something important for you to know about me is that I love transforming potential into reality! In my role as Academic and Career Guidance Counselor I get to work with students to help identify unique strengths and areas of interest that guide the educational experience. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Oregon and my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from George Fox University. For several years I enjoyed operating a private practice and serving as an adjunct professor at George Fox. When we moved into the Eugene area in 2016, I took my first position in a k-12 charter school and discovered I really enjoyed working with youth. I firmly believe learning can be fun and I look forward to serving the students of TNW.
Kim has been a licensed, K-12 educator for 10 years. Kim has served students in the capacity of a PE teacher, Reading Specialist, and Title I Instructor. Most recently, Kim served as the Technology Teacher for St. Paul Parish School in Eugene. Kim spent the first part of her professional life in Broadcast News working as an Anchor/Reporter for the ABC, NBC, and Fox news affiliates. She still spends time behind the microphone as a Voice Over Artist.
Along with a Master’s degree in Education, Kim holds a B.A. in Communication and is a certified Group Fitness Instructor and Voice Over Professional. Kim and her husband live in the country with their two children, cats, chickens, and goats.
Hello! I’m a fellow homeschool parent in your community and I look forward to working with you as an Educational Facilitator. I have homeschooled my kids for the past 8 years and, in that time, we have enjoyed trying different methods and styles, camps and co-ops, curricula and outings, classes and adventures, always happy to switch things up to fit our needs in the moment. I’ve enjoyed volunteering and organizing in homeschool classes and tutoring as well. I received my bachelor’s degree in English in 2012 from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, and I have always been at my happiest when I’m learning and growing with friends and family. I’m a big believer in the power of knowledge and the joy of lifelong learning!
When I’m not homeschooling and working, I like to cozy up to some tea and a good book. I also love to cook, do zumba classes, sing, chat with old friends, foster kittens, watch movies, and wear lots of sweaters. The lovely Pacific Northwest rainy season is my favorite expression of nature.
Jenifer Joy hails from Southern Oregon. She has traveled and taught all around the world including Iceland, Zimbabwe, Thailand and China! Her background is in classical saxophone, theatre and music technology. She is well known as JenUwin the Unicorn for writing and performing original shows and stories all around the PNW! Ms. Joy teaches Digital Storytelling where students learn to make social change through powerful videos, and Chibitronics, where students animate paper with copper tape and colorful LEDs! Jenifer heads up the new Applegate chapter in southern Oregon where she enjoys photography, mountain biking and designing courses for TNW!
Carolyn (CJ) Jenkins has been a licensed K-21 Special Educator for 24 years, and spent 12 years before that working with people with disabilities in multiple settings. She has specialized in working with students who experience Autism, as well as with students who experience significant or multiple disabilities.
CJ earned her Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from the University of Utah, and moved to Oregon to get her Master’s degree in Developmental Disabilities at the University of Oregon. She has taught students from kindergarten to 12th grade and beyond, and has been an Autism and Life Skills Consultant, as well as a mentor teacher. She earned the Teacher of the Year award from South Lane School District and the Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce in the 2014-15 school year.
When she’s not teaching, CJ likes to spend time with her 2 children, camping, traveling, or snuggling in for a good movie. They have several pets, and also enjoy fostering for local rescues.
Michael has worked in the helping profession for the past 15 years in various capacities that have included the provision of mental health support as a residence manager within the group home setting, vocational counseling as both a Youth Transition Specialist & WIOA Youth Services program manager, and coordinating Social Emotional Learning systems for the Marcola School District. Over time, Michael has become a strong advocate for person-centered planning & trauma informed practice in the classroom as well as throughout Lane County.
Hello TEACH-NW families! So nice to meet you! I’m April. I was born and raised in Eugene. I attended the U of O for Nursing and then Early Childhood Education.
I have worked in various schools as a behavioral specialist for several years before taking time away to raise my four beautiful children. When my youngest son entered 1st grade, I decided it was time to return to the education world. My first role was as the board secretary for the Marcola School District. This role quickly evolved into many other positions now at TEACH-NW!
I love my role as board secretary, administrative assistant and business support. It has allowed me to work closely with an amazing team of educators, support staff, and families at TEACH-NW.
In my free time, I love gardening, cooking, baking, crafting, designing, traveling, boating, and floating the river. I have always had a passion for kids and immerse myself in supporting my own four kiddos in all of their activities. Most weekends, you’ll find me cheering on my kiddos at their various sports. Right now it’s all about baseball games and swim meets! I like to wind down with a cup of tea, a good book, or a twilight walk with my husband and 12 year old Labrador, Jiggy Bear.